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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is actinic keratosis?

A rough, scaly patch on the skin caused by damage from UV rays, usually from years of sunlight exposure. The rash itself is not cancerous, but does have a chance of turning cancerous, hence careful monitoring is important.

Symptoms of actinic keratosis

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

Questions your doctor may ask to check for actinic keratosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose actinic keratosis

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

Treatment for actinic keratosis

This condition may disappear without treatment, but can come back with sun exposure, hence avoiding sunlight and applying sunblock may help. Creams or small procedures can be recommended to remove it.

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  • Scaling skin


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